I had the pleasure of giving the scholarship check to the last of the Shepherd High School winners this week. Shepherd Chamber of Commerce gave a total of $6,500 to students who applied and won scholarships.
For those graduating next year, please remember to apply to the Chamber. Ask your counselor for details in early 2024. Hunter Goodman is going to Sam Houston University to study agriculture engineering. His aim is to be a manager on a ranch and his qualifications show he has all the ability to get there. Good luck Hunter.
•Both Coldspring and Shepherd Libraries are part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Membership is rising rapidly with a total of 181 children receiving a free book every month.
Children from birth to 5 years old can be members. Books are mailed to the child, parents read the stories to their little ones till they can read by themselves. This is the best way to teach a child to read. This opens the door to success in school and a better future as they grow.
Dolly Parton now sends books all over the world and dedicated this Foundation to her father who never learned to read. She saw how his life could have been if he had learned and has worked hard to make this great idea a reality.
To celebrate the first successful year in San Jacinto County, everyone is welcome to come to Coldspring Library on Sept. 29 from 4-6 p.m. Both libraries will be there but Coldspring will host this party, bring your children, and hear more about it. You can register your child at the celebration.
Mayor John Benestante will give a talk and there will be a lot to enjoy. I will remind you about this date but mark it on your calendar now.
•Did you know we will have an election on Nov. 7 this year? There is a long list of to vote on and there are council positions to be voted for too. The San Jacinto News-Times printed a list of the so that we may think about our choices.
•Did you know that on Tuesday, Sept. 19, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day?
Starting in 1995, this was a designed as an amusement, but the idea caught on so expect to hear “shiver me timbers” and “you will walk the plank,” as well as some enjoying dressing like a pirate. Shepherd will join the celebration at Shepherd Library, where I am sure there will be a few pirates about uttering “Ahoy, me hearty” and other piratical terms.
•Call Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184 to register your vehicle or be a vendor at the Wolf Creek Car Show Oct- 20-21. Shepherd Chamber has a new number — (210) 995-7420.
•I regularly choose a resident of our county to show how our community is composed of so many hard-working, committed and good people. We see a lot about the other side of life on TV and in the newspapers but there are many more unsung heroes who I like to tell you about.
Often you may know them from their work. Others spend their lives caring for family or animals or the land we live on.
Sylvia Roeseler spent her life connecting with others and caring for them. As a fellow member of the San Jacinto Women’s League, my first impression of her was how beautiful she was. I discovered she was beautiful inside also. She spent a great part of her life looking after family members but also loved entertaining and making welcome guests and visitors.
Recently life dealt her two blows in one week when her husband and sister died within a few days of each other. Within a short time, Sylvia too became ill and found that she had been visited in the hospital by many friends, as well as family, who wanted to show her how much they appreciated her.
She was active in the community, was a devoted member of her church, Coldspring Methodist, and was a talented artist. She passed away on Aug. 13. A life well-lived and well-remembered.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (210) 995-7420 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.
Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.